Wesley A. Lyons, Jr. is from North Braddock, Pennsylvania, where he and his brother Devon, were raised in a split home by their mother, Marva LaMar and father Wes Lyons Sr. Wes attended Woodland Hills High School, where he earned academic and athletic honors, and excelled at football during those years. After graduating in 2006, he received scholarship offers from many colleges, and decided to attend West Virginia University. There he continued his education and became a valuable member of their football team. He graduated a semester early in 2009, and pursued his interest in football on a professional level. His passion and hard work paid off — Wes was picked up by the New York Jets for their off-season, and eventually signed to play with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Wes is a new author, who focuses on speaking to the youth and being a role model. With conversational candor that young athletes and older sports fans alike can understand and enjoy, Wes gives an inside look at his childhood in Pittsburgh, takes you behind-the-scenes of the college recruitment process, and delves deep into his world of football and family — a world that created a professional athlete and an inspirational voice.
In life, we are all faced with different types of obstacles, no matter what field we are in. However, those who are successful in overcoming those obstacles are individuals who manage their TIME efficiently. We all get 24 hours each day, there is no doubt about that, but those who separate themselves from others maximize their time and it later leads to success.
Recently, I read the book “The Outliers,” which talks about a study done on the most successful people in our time, compared to those who are unsuccessful. The most common denominator for why people are successful is the TIME they invest in a particular area. The study indicated that ten thousand hours of practice in your field is required to achieve the level of mastery associated with being a world-class expert in anything. Bill Gates is one of the men who was involved in the study. He exceeded ten thousand hours by working with computers day and night, eventually leading to Microsoft.
Now, if you are disappointed in where you are in life, think about the amount of time that you have invested into achieving a particular goal. Whether you are rich or poor, you have at least one asset as great as the most rich and successful human alive….TIME. With each day that goes by, you get one day older and have one less day to attain the success you desire, so be sure to use your TIME wisely!